Alexander the Great: Strenghts and Weaknesses as a Person, Statesman and Leader
For centuries, Alexander the Great has held an eminent place in history. Arguably one of the greatest men the world has ever known, the Macedonian King accomplished many great feats in his short, but glorious life. During his reign, Alexander played several roles in the process of conquering the Persian empire, and in the assessment of his character, aspects of Alexander's capabilities of both strengths and weaknesses must be explored in him as a person, a statesman and a leader.
Alexander was a complex, inscrutable man of passion and iron-will . The King possessed a keen intellect, with an ability to make quick decisions. He had supreme courage and excellent leadership skills , which contributed significantly to his greatness as a
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However, Alexander's statesmanship was not always ideal and consisted of some major flaws. The satrapy system of government had proven in the past to be highly ineffective, yet Alexander employed this same method of administration. This resulted in severe disorganization, irregularities and corruption in the empire, but the King did not seek to change the form of government, and instead merely allocated new satraps. He has been heavily criticized for this, but one must keep in mind that Alexander at that stage was still fixated with exploration and conquest, and perhaps if he had lived longer, would have modified or employed a more effective form of management. Alexander was among the very greatest of leaders. Throughout his reign, the King exhibited great military genius, tactical and strategic brilliance, and admirable leadership abilities. Alexander's military mastermind was displayed in every aspect of warfare through his tactical and strategic talents. He was adept in maximizing the efficiency of his troops, and possessed the ability to modify and adjust his tactics, varying the executions of his plans and the deployment of his troops accordingly to the particularity of the battleground and of the enemy. This resulted in the immense success of several victories, namely the three great battles; the Granicus, Issus and Guagamela. In the rapidity of his marches, Alexander often succeeded in taking his